Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Polar Express

As mentioned in the previous post, we had a full schedule of fun, Christmassy activities while Lainey was in town. I was most excited about our little trip out to Grapevine to ride on the Polar Express (technically, its called the North Pole Express). We have been reading the book to Kennedy at night and she really loves it. Plus she keeps saying Santa is bringing her a choo-choo train, so I knew she would have a great time.

Downtown Grapevine is a Must Visit during the Christmas season, I mean it is the Christmas Capital of Texas, after all. Kennedy was pumped when we got to the train depot. We dressed her in this (silly) little Christmas outfit and the weather was nice enough to go sans jacket. We waited in line for a few minutes before they ushered us into a big tent/holding area. They had a bunch of Christmas movies and music playing while we found our seats. After a short musical performance, we were called to board the train. As you walk through the "forest" they even had a snow machine. Kennedy was a little weirded out by the snow, but completely froze when she saw the train. It was almost too exciting. She was just completely still and her eyes were huge. Her 'thing' now when she gets shy, overwhelmed, overly excited is to whisper. So the whole time we were boarding I could hear faint words about a choo-choo train coming from her.

Once aboard the train, they led us in Christmas carols as we waited for Santa. I knew we were not even going to attempt a photo opp and I could sense her nervousness when he entered the train. Mrs. Claus came first to sort of warm up the kids, and Kennedy kept calling Santa, Mr. Claus. He handed out bells to all the children and she happily said thank you and good-bye from a safe distance. Once she had her bell, she buddied up with a little girl across the aisle and they danced and sung songs as we headed back to the station.

We stuck around the train depot to let her play and sample some hot chocolate. It felt odd to be drinking hot chocolate when it was 75 degrees outside! We had such a great time and I can see this becoming a part of our annual Christmas traditions.

On the Polar Express

Family Shot. 

Bye-bye choo-choo train!

Me and my little elf. 

The train push toys were a big highlight of the experience. 

Photo Opp. 

Our special bell for story time. 

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